‘Grand Slams to blame for death of Davis Cup,’ blast angry Team France

Michael Graham
Davis Cup trophy

Team France have launched a stunning attack on the ITF over their controversial Davis Cup changes.

The French lost the last final in the competition’s traditional format on Sunday, but it is the future of the competition that appears to have angered them the most.

“There are other means to find money,” said Nicolas Mahut.

“The Grand Slam tournaments could have given some of their revenues and the Davis Cup would have been saved.

“We needed to find ways to lighten the schedule, we had so many good ideas to save that competition.

“There were other solutions.”

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Team-mate Lucas Pouille, who lost the decisive rubber in the final to Croatia’s Marin Cilic, was equally as stinging in his criticism.

“Last year I was crying of joy, this year I was crying because I was sad,” Pouille said.

“I’m not going to change my mind about the new format.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m not going to play in the Davis Cup anymore. That was the last time.”

France captain Noah Yannick added: “It will never be the same, it’s going to be something else.

“I really hope this is not going to be called the Davis Cup.

“Playing two sets is not the Davis Cup. They are lying.”

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